May 3rd, 2011
GROVELAND â€” Seven-year-old Paige Turner welcomed her first grade classmates from Groveland Elementary to her Make-a-Wish playhouse Tuesday.
When Paige made her choice of a playhouse, she said, "I'd never seen one before; I didn't know you could fit in it."
Paige's two-story playhouse features a fireplace, kitchen area and steps up to the second floor. From the second floor, Paige and her friends can stand on a porch and a slide descends to the ground from a window.
The playhouse arrived in three pieces last Wednesday.
BLACKFOOT â€” A trio of Blackfoot seniors took to the home diamond for the final regular season game on Tuesday afternoon as Darryl Pokibro, Emily Lish and Caitlyn Cathey graced the Blackfoot faithful for their farewell performance.
Facing off with Bingham County rival Shelley, the seniors played their part as they swept the double header 21-11 in game one and 18-8 in game two.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Emergency Management Services Director Craig Rowland welcomed county, school district, city, fire, police and weather service officials to a flood planning meeting Tuesday in the basement of the Blackfoot fire department.
Under discussion was planning for the potential flood season.
The weather patterns are similar to those in 1997, said hydrologist Troy Lindquist from the NOAA National Weather Service in Pocatello. The last county-wide flooding in Bingham County occurred in 1997.
"There's the potential for a decent amount of rain," Lindquist said.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council approved the release of retroactive merit pay raises for eligible city employees during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
After a brief review, Mayor Mike Virtue said the city's budget is in good shape and most departments have spent less than 50 percent of their budget.
"We're in excellent shape," Virtue said.
Employees who were eligible for merit raises during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2010, will receive a 3 percent merit increase for this year. The council decided to withhold merit raises until a mid-year budget review.
Catherine England, 67, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, May 2, 1011, at her home.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.
Margaret Johnson Heaps Hansen, passed away May 1, 2011, six weeks before her 96th birthday.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday May 7, 2011, at the Kimball Ward Chapel (744 North 600 East) in Firth.
The family will receive friends Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and from noon-12:40 p.m. before the services at the church on Saturday.
Interment will be in the Firth Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah â€” Jordanah Roslyn Reyes, infant daughter of Mickey Reyes and Bonnie Sanchez, passed away April 29, 2011. at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She was born April 29, 2011 at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City.
She is survived by her parents of Blackfoot; a brother, Santana; paternal grandparents, Ramon and Maria Reyes of Blackfoot and maternal grandmother; Lucy Marquez Ruiz of Idaho Falls.
NEOSHO, Mo. â€” Fred Keith Merrell, 89 passed away April 27, 2011. at Medicalodge of Neosho, Missouri. He had battled Parkinson Disease for over 10 years with patience and determination.Â
He was born June 12, 1921, in Blackfoot, the youngest son of Isaac George and Carrie Elmina Merrell.Â Â
BLACKFOOT â€” In a remake of last Fridays weather cancelation, the Blackfoot Lady Broncos hosted Rigby for what could prove to be a very important conference double header.
Blackfoot found themselves trailing in both ball games on Monday before rallying for a pair of wins 13-12 in game one and 4-3 in game two.
"These girls just respond and work well under pressure," Blackfoot head coach Brenda Whitworth said. "They do a great job of coming from behind and they did it again today. They just never say die."
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot sent their seniors out in style on Monday night as they took to the home diamond for the final time as they tangled with Bingham County rival Shelley.
After a moving ceremony the Broncos took to the field looking for a season sweep of the Russets, handing the ball to senior Sam Cannon on the hill.
Shelley came out swinging against Cannon, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning as Sam Graham led off with a double. Kade Longhurst plated Graham with a single and later scored courtesy of a Tyler Kidman sacrifice for the quick 2-0 lead.